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Advocacy campaign in favour of women’s participation in local governance in Sfax

24.03.2017 / Created by (EMWF)
Advocacy campaign in favour of women’s participation in local governance in Sfax

Despite the active role of Tunisian women in professional life and civil society, their presence in decision-making positions at all levels (political parties, local councils, parliament…) remains much below their expectations. Moreover, the Article 45 of the new Constitution stipulates that the State must work to achieve parity between women and men in elected councils. For this reason, women’s participation in political life and in the decision-making process in the Tunisian society in transition is becoming an urgent need to reinforce equality between women and men and ensure parity.

Mouwatinet carries out an advocacy campaign in the municipalities of Sfax ville, Sakiet Ezzit, Agareb and Mahres, which aims at supporting women’s participation as candidates in the upcoming 2017 municipal elections, in order to promote women’s role in local governance, political life and decision making in Tunisia.

The strategy of the campaign is to mobilize the media, the deputies of the National Assembly, and the local deputies, on the importance to have women in the highest decision-making positions and women elected in municipal councils. In order to achieve these goals, the campaign will include discussion meetings and workshops with civil society, political parties and independent women; the creation of pedagogical material for raising awareness about gender equality and women’s representation in the local councils; and training of women potential candidates to the municipal elections on leadership, gender, local governance and communication. In addition to that, an outreach campaign including the distribution of flyers and realizing flash mobs, a press conference, an online petition and other activities will be organized in public spaces.

The first event of this campaign was held on the 3rd of March, 2017, in Sfax. Moreover, Mouwatinet started to mobilize the media in order to disseminate the campaign (Diwan Radio FM, Sfax radio, News presse).

This campaign is part of the project CSO WINS « Capacity building in Southern Mediterranean to open policy dialogue and monitoring for women in society » funded by the European Union, in synergy with the action of the Foundation.

The campaign is coordinated by Mouwatinet in partnership with the association Voix de Femmes Marocaines as part of a peer-to-peer learning exchange.


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Association Tahadi pour l'Environnement
Coalition for Tunisian Women
Sawa Organization - All Women Together Today and Tomorrow
Department of Gender Studies, Faculty for Social Wellbeing, University of Malta
Pertinence Sa Dynamisme Qualite
Fondation Zakoura
The School Girls of Azaghar Foundation
Daem for Media
Association du Docteur Fatiha (ADF)
Intermediaries Changing Center for Sustainable Development
Association de Développement Local Méditerranéen (ADELMA)
Moroccan Association for Human Rights (AMDH)
Helwan Association for Community Development (Bashayer)
European Institute of the Mediterranean (IEMed)
Portuguese Platform for Women'   s Rights - PpDM (Plataforma Portuguesa para os Direitos das Mulheres)
Digital Opportunity Trust (DOT)
Association Femmes en Communication (FEC)
Be active. Be emancipated (B.a.B.e.)
Info-Com Jeunes de Guelma
Sanaa El Aji
Life Foundation for Development and Community Integration
Association AGIR pour le Developpement et l'Epanouissement de la Jeunesse
Association Femme et Citoyenneté
The Lebanese Association of Women Researchers - Bahithat
Arab Institute for Human Rights
League of Female Executives of the National Union of Tunisian Women
Tunisie pionnieres
Action et Promotion Sociale et Culturelle
Asociación de Investigadores Extranjeros (AINVEX)
Association Anaouat pour la femme et l'enfant
Faculty of Arts and Humanity Manouba
Orbital Endowment Fund
United Religions Initiative

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